A Day Late and a Dollar Short
Update: Kris Kennedy’s winner is EC Smith! Congratulations! Please email me your snailmail info so Kris can send you your spoils. :-)
That’s what my dad would say when I missed a deadline or was otherwise unpunctual. Since he was a railroader, he regarded that sin as only slightly less offensive than the “7 deadlies.” However, I find myself running far behind in my guest blog posts and for that I deeply apologize. My excuse is that I was traveling across country and didn’t have internet access till now.
So I hope my guest, Kris Kennedy, will forgive me for being a couple days behind on her visit here. Help me make it up to her by leaving some great comments, ok?
Kris: I lead an intentionally quiet, mundane, rather boring-if-viewed-from-the-outside life, so I’m not sure if much I do rates as terribly unique. :-) Still, maybe it’s slightly unique that I used to be a psychotherapist, and specialized in working with high-risk, suicidal and para-suicidal, self-harming women. The work was very fulfilling, and I loved, loved, loved my clients, but it is a draining. With a mom to raise and a writing career to maintain, I had to make some choices.
Mia: Wow! Sounds like you needed a calm personal life with a professional one so full of upheaval. I can see what drew you to writing and building your own fictional worlds. Please tell us what made you want to write medievals when the whole world is screaming for Regency?
Kris: Well, we could call it poor career planning, and it wouldn’t be far off-base. :-) I really just started writing because I loved the stories, and I love writing, and I loved the medievals I’d read. Originally, the very first story I ever wrote, was set in the 1760’s, in the colonies. But then I read a medieval, set in Ireland, and oh boy. :-)
I think there is something so inherently dramatic and romantic about the middle ages. Knights, battles, a certain kind of lawlessness that can allow anything to happen…it’s pretty ripe for tension and conflict and sensual energy.
That said, I have snippets of stories set in other eras. I have easily half written of a story set in 1650’s, as well as a few Revolutionary War era stories, a few georgrain era ones mocked up, and even some contemporaries! One day, I’ll get to them. :-)
Why do you love the hero in DEFIANT?
Kris: Oh, my, Jamie. I love him hard, and it’s because he’s tortured, and capable of such danger and such very, very bad behavior, but he reins it in for honorable reasons. Even though, ostensibly, he seems perhaps the opposite of honorable. I love great power honed by great restraint; I find it incredibly potent and sexy.
Mia: Have you ever written a scene you loved but had to delete?
Kris: You have just described my life. And you’ve surely described DEFIANT. :-) DEFIANT has been revised so many times, I hardly can recall all the permutations. Let me think . . .
There was a scene where the heroine is watching her home burn down (this could never happen in the story as it stands now) Jamie, the hero, shows his first glimmer of decency and tenderness. He’s rather gruff about the whole thing initially, because she’s someone he knows he cannot trust. But what matters is that he’s patient and kind to a woman who has been thwarting him and might be endangering the realm.
But as they’re laying there in the dark night, after the big emotional upheaval, beside a dying fire, alone in the woods with someone they both mistrust, he points out the stars to her. It was almost as if the stars were a gift he’d given her. But of course, it was his tenderness, and all the things implied by her sitting out in the wilderness under the stars. She’d been forcibly ignoring it, but this brought it all home. Anyhow, it leads to their first, incredibly passionate, kiss.
That scene, was very hard to cut, although it has no place in this story. But it’s in my little scene graveyard, and I can already see the story into which it was meant to go. :-)
Mia: Love that you recycle scenes too! Sometimes, they’re just to good to consign to oblivion. Where can we find out more about you and your books?
Kris: Please do stop by the website: http://kriskennedy.net There’s a newsletter sign-up, and email contacts, as well as recent news and exclusive excerpts.
I’m also at Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/KrisKennedy
And Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kris-Kennedy/300051018336
Thanks so much, all you Victorian-loving ladies, for letting me chat with you! Stop by the website and say hi!
BIO: Wife, mom and psychotherapist, Kris Kennedy left behind the office for the wilds of medieval England and Ireland. She now spends time cleaning the wilds of her kitchen and bathroom, writing sexy, adventure-filled historical romances for Pocket Books. DEFIANT is out now. Her previous release, THE IRISH WARRIOR, won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical Romance in 2008 and made several Best Of lists in 2010, after its June release.
Now it’s your turn! Please leave a comment or question for Kris. And be sure to look for Defiant in your local bookstore!